Today’s featured place is 3 Kittens Needle Art in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. Our interview is with owner Laura Rasmussen.
1. Can you tell us a little bit about your shop?
3 Kittens Needle Arts is one of the oldest yarn stores in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. We sell yarn, needles, buttons (we’re known for our button wall), patterns/books, needlepoint canvases and threads. In addition, we offer classes in knitting, crochet and needlepoint, and we have finishing services for all three as well. We are located just south of St. Paul within 5 minutes of the airport.
2. How would you describe the atmosphere of the shop?
Our store is friendly and well-organized. We cater to knitter who likes Modern Classics.
3. How long have you been in business? Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came to open a yarn shop?
The store has been around for 35+ years. My business partner, Julie, and I bought the store 5 years ago. Julie worked at the store while it was under the previous ownership. Julie was the needlepoint specialist. I have been knitting since 1983 and have taught classes for both the Minnesota Knitters Guild and another yarn store in the Twin Cities. Julie and I happen to have children the same ages who attended school together, so we’ve known each other for quite awhile. When Julie heard that the previous owner was interested in selling the store, she asked me if I would be interested in buying it with her. Six months later, we owned it!
4. Which yarns do you carry? Traditional yarns? Exotic or unusual yarns? Novelty yarns? Local farm yarns? Eco-friendly yarns?
We try to carry a variety of yarns, although I will say that the majority of our yarns are “traditional”, workhorse yarns. We have organic yarns in each weight category, plus we carry some unusual or exotic fibers – yak, qiviut, camel, bamboo, soy, etc. We have a few novelty yarns, but we are not known for our novelty yarn selection. In addition, we try to carry some small, independent hand-dyed yarns – for instance, Land O’ Lace, Sweet Georgia, Flock Sock – mostly in the lace and sock weights.
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